Sabit Anak Bulan Ramadhan 1428H

Lihat gambar anak bulan yang berumur kira-kira 22 jam telah di ambil pada petang 13 September 2007. Jelas, walaupun pada fasa baru, permukaan bulan masih kelihatan disebabkan oleh “Earthshine” ataupun pantulan daripada cahaya matahari oleh bumi.

Anak bulan yang berumur kira-kira 22 jam telah di ambil pada petang 13 September 2007.
Anak bulan yang berumur kira-kira 22 jam telah di ambil pada petang 13 September 2007.
Anak bulan yang berumur kira-kira 22 jam telah di ambil pada petang 13 September 2007.
Anak bulan yang berumur kira-kira 22 jam telah di ambil pada petang 13 September 2007.

Red Moon Rising

Path of the Moon through the Earth’s shadow during the eclipse.
Path of the Moon through the Earth’s shadow during the eclipse.

A total lunar eclipse is set to occur tomorrow on August 28 and will be visible in Brunei between 6.25pm and 8.24pm.

Unlike the previous partial lunar eclipse on 8 Sept last year, this eclipse would be a total. It will be aΒ  very spectacular cosmic event as the entire moon will pass the earth`s shadow.

In Brunei, the two-hour lunar eclipse can be observed right after the moon rises at 6:25 pm local time.

Eclipse watchers should be able to see the moon rising low in the eastern horizon and to appear reddish-brown because the earth blocks most of the sunlight to the moon.

Local moon altitude on August 28, 2007
Local moon altitude on August 28, 2007

The chart shows the moon altitudes relative to the local horizon at 15-minute intervals on the 28 August 2007. Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipse is completely safe to watch.Β  Providing the weather was clear people can see the phenomena from their homes

The survey department of Brunei Darussalam and the Astronomical Society of Brunei will also set up telescopes at the Serasa Water Sports Complex tomorrow (28 August 2007) for the public to view the eclipse from 6.00 pm till 9.00 pm.

The next eclipse visible in Brunei will be a partial lunar eclipse on 17 August next year.

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BEWARE THE MARS HOAX

Two moon on 27 August

*27th Aug the Whole World is waiting for………….* Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August. It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will cultivate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am . It will look like the earth has 2 moons. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.

Share this with your friends as NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will ever see it again.

The above is an email which is still going around claiming that Mars will approach Earth on August 27th; the encounter will be so close, the email states, that Mars will rival the full Moon in size and brightness. (Imagine the tides!)

Comparison between the apparent size of the Moon (Left) and Mars (Right) as seen on the sky. The planet will appear as an orange bright "star" which is about 1/225 the size of the moon.
Comparison between the apparent size of the Moon (Left) and Mars (Right) as seen on the sky. The planet will appear as an orange bright “star” which is about 1/225 the size of the moon.

Above: Comparison between the apparent size of the Moon (Left) and Mars (Right) as seen on the sky. The planet will appear as an orange bright “star” which is about 1/225 the size of the moon.

Don’t believe it. The Mars Hoax email first appeared in 2003. On August 27th of that year, Mars really did come historically close to Earth. But the email’s claim that Mars would rival the Moon was grossly exaggerated. Every August since 2003, the email has staged a revival.

 The inner planets in December 2007, the orbit of mars and earth will be closest on 18th December.
The inner planets in December 2007, the orbit of mars and earth will be closest on 18th December.

Above: The inner planets in December 2007, the orbit of mars and earth will be closest on 18th December.

In fact this year, on 18 December 2007, the earth will be closely approaching with the planet Mars which is about 0.589 AU and not in August as claimed by the email. Even at this distance, it is still a vast distance for the planet to appear as big as the moon.

How will the planet looks like then? It’s a great news where by mars will be appear brighter and brighter in the night sky as it approching closer by december. You can distinguish it from the other stars by its reddish colour.

Rukyah Anak Bulan Ramadan 11 September

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Isnin, 20 Ogos. – Mahkamah Syariah dengan ini mengumumkan kepada orang ramai terutama umat Islam di negara ini bahawa pada menjunjung titah perkenan Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam, maka Yang Berhormat Yang Dipertua Majlis Ugama Islam dengan ini memaklumkan bahawa ketetapan 1 Syaaban 1428 Hijrah jatuh pada hari Selasa, 14 Ogos 2007.Maka berikutan dengan itu, Nisfu Syaaban tahun 1428 Hijrah jatuh pada hari Isnin malam Selasa, 27 Ogos 2007.

Sumber: Pelita Brunei

2007 July 15 First Crescent Sighted

"The crescent was captured on 15 July 2007 @ 6.50 pm (Bukit Shahbandar) with Olympus E-500 Digital camera attached to a 10 inch LX-200 with  focal reducer." said Hj Mahadi based on his ICOP report.
“The crescent was captured on 15 July 2007 @ 6.50 pm (Bukit Shahbandar)
with Olympus E-500 Digital camera attached to a 10 inch LX-200 with
focal reducer.” said Hj Mahadi based on his ICOP report.

The first crescent or hilal was visible from this country during the new moon sighting by the Survey Department on July 15. Based on the account, the moon’s altitude was
about 10.465 degrees, elongation of 11.223 degrees and it was 22 hours 33 minutes old at sunset. The visibility based on Mooncalc indicates that on 15th July 2007, the new moon should be easily visible from many parts of the world but ICOP report generalised, Brunei being the first eastern country to sight the new moon crescent.

Congratulation to the moon sighting committees of the Survey Department.